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RiverArts Clay Studio at Still Pond
RiverArts Clay Studio at Still Pond is located in The Arts at Still Pond Station, Worton, MD, a beautiful waterside location just a ten minute drive from Kent County High School. Our popular Clay Studio, the only one in our area, provides equipment and workspace for our many potters, as well as classes from beginning pottery and sculpture to advanced workshops.
Pottery classes include hand building, throwing on the wheel, raku, and the exploration of different glazing and firing techniques. We endeavor to inspire the creative forces in all of us, from beautiful vessels, gracefully formed on the potter’s wheel to imaginative hand-built forms, mosaics, and even porcelain painting. Many short workshops enable even the inexperienced to produce a personal piece of art you can show at home or present as a gift.
The Clay Studio workspace and equipment are available at scheduled times for class practice or individual work by community artists and potters with knowledge of studio technique.
Open Studio is usually Wednesdays and Saturdays 12:30-3:30 pm, however experienced potters may arrange for access at other times. Free for enrolled students, $5 per day for others, everyone welcome!
Extra fees are charged for clay and glaze firings.
Clay Studio Classes
Handbuilding Clay with Marilee Schumann
Thursdays, Oct 17, 24, 31, and Nov 7, 6-8pm
You will learn slab and coil techniques with a focus on exploration of process and design. You will take your projects home between classes, as successful handbuilding requires attention to details at different stages of dryness. All experience levels are welcome.
Classes will be held at Tree of Life Gallery of American Craft, 312 Cannon St, Chestertown.
Class Fee: $115/90 members.
Crystalline Glazes with Linda Henselman
Sunday, Oct 20, 10am-noon FREE
This lecture will cover the technical concepts as well as the processes required to obtain consistently beautiful results with these exquisite “blooming” glazes.
RIVERARTS PRESENTS CRYSTALLINE GLAZES, A LECTURE BY LINDA HENSELMAN
Linda Henselman will present a lecture on crystalline glazes on Sunday, October 20, from 10-noon. This presentation will include the technical background as well as the processes in obtaining the best consistency in making these glazes. The process results in the making of crystals that look like pansy forms or tiny crystals within the many different pastel colorants.
Linda Henselman has a background in elementary through junior high education but has been a full time artist since 1983. She has a BA in Art and BS in Fine Arts from Rutgers University and an MA in Science. While studying abroad she initially went to carve stone but began working in clay to create sculptures and began a ten year quest experimenting with varied glazes on different surfaces. Linda loves crystalline glazing. “It is the most exotic and most beautiful of all the glazes with the beautiful contrast in colors between the crystals and the background color.”
Friday, September 27, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the RiverArts Gallery.
Leach will present an illustrated talk at a reception open to the public at no charge.
Saturday, September 28, in the Clay Studio at Still Pond Station.
A demonstration workshop. 10am-4pm $150/135 for members.
Simon Leach is a nationally recognized third-generation ceramicist, descended from the famous Leach family of Cornwall, England. His workshop entitled ‘Keep Practicing” has been presented around the country and the world, and is always well received.
Leach can be seen on more than 800 YouTube videos demystifying techniques of the potters’ wheel. He has also written the recently released Simon Leach’s Pottery
Handbook, which will be available for purchase while he is here.
He has been influenced by a community of people who are largely self reliant and connected to the land, and in his work he demonstrates that life, work, and art are fully integrated. To learn more about Simon Leach, visit his website atsimonleachpottery.com.
Instructor: Marilee Schumann
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Sep 3 to Oct 22 MMSEP3
Wednesdays 9:30 – 12:30, Sep 4 to Oct 23 MSSEP4
Cost: $230 Members, $265 Non-members
A class for beginners and students at various levels who will continue to develop their throwing and creative technique through one-on-one teaching and self-directed projects. All are welcome no matter what your level of skill. Beginners will learn to make basic forms of functional ceramics on the wheel, including trimming and glazing. For more advanced learners, the focus will be on aesthetics, craftsmanship, and personal expression.
Fees: Tuition includes your first 25 lbs of clay and first bisque firing. There is an extra fee
for glaze firings dependent on the size of your pieces. Beginning students will need a tool kit which is available for purchase at the first meeting. Approximate cost of kit is $15.
About the Instructor
Marilee Schumann has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Maryland and taught ceramics at Washington College, Chestertown, where she did her undergraduate studies. Functional and decorative ceramic vessels with contemporary style and elegant glazes are a specialty, although her work encompasses cast metal, mixed media constructions and even rustic furniture. Marilee has exhibited widely, including at Artworks and RiverArts, and has received numerous awards for her art. Her current work and additional information can be found at:www.marileeschumannart.com.
The Clay Studio draws from a talented pool of Eastern Shore artists for the majority of our classes. Special workshops by regionally and nationally known ceramics artists are scheduled on a regular basis. Please check our Clay Studio Classes page for current offerings.
Rick Bisgyer was surrounded by graceful curves of both fine ceramic art and sailboats in his youth. Inspired by his family’s collection of contemporary pottery he studeied ceramics in Washington, while choosing sailing as his first profession. Currently teaching for Baltimore Clayworks and RiverArts, Rick has juried into national shows as a full time ceramic artist working in porcelain for the last 10 years. He creates curving sails rising as a motif in his work, with inspiration drawn from his love of sailing.
Gia Campana earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia. In addition to local exhibits, she creates commissioned work for private clients. She has been a leader in developing the Clay Studio. Gia finds clay irresistible and imparts her love of the medium to students of all ages as she helps them transform their ideas into works of art.
Karen Douglas has loved working in clay since she was a teenager. She received a degree in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University where she took courses in wheel throwing. She continued her education with two internationally-known potters who insisted she start with handbuilding and at the same time was also introduced to raku. Karen became an administrator for Earthworks, a company that sold clay equipment. She also got involved with the Hand Workshop, a non-profit organization that specialized in clay. There she taught classes to adults and children. Karen still loves handbuilding and raku but of late is exploring how to print monotypes on clay.
Kay Jones of Cambridge, MD, discovered her love of ceramics after retirement, and has expanded her skills by studying specialized techniques with professional ceramic artists. She specializes in handbuilt forms. From Japanese tea bowls to colored porcelain, from slip trailing to wood firing, her studies have taken her around the US as well as to France and Italy. Kay sells her work in specialty shops and shares her love of ceramics by teaching adults and children at RiverArts, the Dorchester Center for the Arts, and private lessons.
Fran Phaneuf is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and has studied botanical painting in Great Britain with Anne Marie Evans and at Longwood Gardens, PA with Joan Frain. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Chanticleer, Morris Arboretum and other venues in the Philadelphia area.
Marilee Schumann has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Maryland and taught ceramics at Washington College in Chestertown. Functional and decorative ceramic vessels with contemporary style and elegant glazes are a specialty although her work encompasses cast metal, mixed media constructions and even rustic furniture. She has won awards for her sculpture and created a piece for Kofi Anan in his role as President of the U.N. She is co-owner of the Tree of Life Gallery in Chestertown, MD.
Jen Wagner of Easton owns and operates Jen Wagner Mosaics and is well-known for creating large-scale community murals, private commissions and gallery work. Her mosaics can be found in private collections, community organizations, schools, restaurants and salons across the region. In 2008, Wagner received the Beautification Award from Cambridge. MD. In 2009 What’s Up? Eastern Shore magazine named her one of the “Top 12 People to Watch” and in 2011 she was named “Best Artist on the Upper Shore” by Maryland Life magazine.
DIRECTIONS TO THE CLAY STUDIO
RiverArts Clay Studio is located at the Arts at Still Pond Station, Still Pond Neck Rd., Worton, about 10 minutes from Kent County High School. A little north of Chestertown turn onto Rt 561 toward Lynch. Follow Rt 561 to the stop sign at the end of the road. Turn right onto Rt 298 and take the next left onto Clark Rd. Follow Clark Rd to the stop sign at Still Pond Neck Road. Turn left and continue several miles to the end of the road (it is a curvy road through the countryside). There is a sharp left turn after the Camp Tockwogh entrance. Go about one mile more, past the Coast Guard sign, to a low brick building at the end of the road. The entrance to Artworks Clay Studio is around back. Parking is directly